Sustainable Travel & Transport

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

In an effort to increase the number of electric and hybrid vehicles located in or visiting the South Coast, the Shire of Denmark is offering commuters with electric and hybrid vehicles free use of a dedicated charging station (socket outlet), located at the Shire’s Administration building (near Council Chambers).

Commuter Car Park

The Shire of Denmark provides a commuter car park to support sustainable car travel outside of the area. Promoting car pooling for people that have to travel to Albany for work or other purposes is a major reason for this facility. Car pooling reduces commuting costs, fatigue and your carbon energy footprint. The average Australian car produces 4 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year so every journey saved makes a real difference to greenhouse emissions. With increased pressure for parking spaces in town, the commuter car park provides a well located area for car pooling drivers to leave their car when they travel outside of the area. The commuter car park will also free up town car parks for businesses and facilities for locals and tourists alike. The commuter car park is located on South Coast Highway between the Shire Office and Denmark Country Club tennis courts.

The new commuter car park provides a central location for car pooling with colleagues and assists in avoiding numerous pickups and drop offs. Add to this the environmental and financial savings associated with car pooling it makes good sense to utilise this new facility developed by the Shire of Denmark.

In Australia, transport is the fastest growing sector contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and enormous amounts of resources, land and capital are bound up with cars. Therefore, car pooling will help to reduce the costs associated with car travel, which represents one of the biggest monthly expenditures for average families. Car pooling also provides the opportunity for a good chin-wag with a fellow traveller!

Total costs for a standard medium sized vehicle are approximately 70 cents per kilometre. So a return trip to Albany, when car payments and other costs are added, can be in the vicinity of $63 per journey. Most drivers only take into consideration fuel costs that would average at an estimated $15 per journey for a similar sized vehicle.

The Councillors and staff of the Shire of Denmark are actively supporting sustainability initiatives within the local area and this new Commuter Car Park facility takes the Shire in a new direction that is providing transport options for the local and regional community. The Shire encourages businesses in the region to support workers who live in Denmark to car pool, as this will help reduce their need for employee parking and improve their employee’s well-being and performance.

Can’t find a lift? Try the free ‘Share Your Ride’ website.

Car Pooling

E-bike Purchase Aligns With Sustainability Goals

Staff at the Shire of Denmark will now have the opportunity to zip around town on two sustainable wheels following the purchase of an e-bike this month.

The idea is to reduce the need for fossil fuel powered vehicles when staff need to attend local appointments external from the Shire Administration building.

The new bike was purchased from local business Monkey Rock Mountain Bikes which facilitated the plastic-free purchase, aligning with one of the key principles outlined in the Shire of Denmark’s Sustainability Strategy 2021-2031 which was unanimously endorsed at the March Ordinary Council Meeting.

Sustainability Strategy Working Group chairperson and Shire of Denmark Councillor Jan Lewis said the purchase of the e-bike was the very first step towards addressing some of the goals set out in the Shire’s newly endorsed Sustainability Strategy.

“This might seem like a small first step, but leading by example is a key commitment we made when we endorsed our Sustainability Strategy,” Cr Lewis said.
“The Shire of Denmark is committed to being a leader and role model within the community in sustainable practices and carbon reduction initiatives.”
“We also agree that while the Sustainability Strategy is a vital guiding document, we feel it is important to begin to concentrate on actions rather than words.”
“Hopefully the people of Denmark will see our staff electing to attend a meeting in town utilising this sustainable transport option and recognise that as a conscious, eco-friendly choice for the long-term benefit of the beautiful natural environment we enjoy here in Denmark every day.”

As a champion of sustainability in the Denmark community and for the Shire, Cr Lewis was delighted to see the Sustainability Strategy unanimously endorsed by Council in March and said she looks forward to seeing what the Shire of Denmark can achieve in the years to come.

Published on Tuesday, 30 March 2021 at 11:55:06 AM

Read the Shire of Denmark’s Sustainability Strategy 2021-2031 document here: www.denmark.wa.gov.au/residents/sustainability-and-biodiversity.aspx